By Chris Campo
Guys. I'm freaking out. No, like I am legitimately losing my mind. I just experienced the most gleeful, exhilarating and spectacular 2 minutes of my life. No, it wasn't sex. It's better. Instead, we finally have our first official look at Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Anyone familiar to my work here on DCM knows how much I absolutley adore Spider-Man. You may also know that just because Spider-man is in a movie, I'm not going to love it (see my review for Spider-Man 3). My point is, I wasn't just going to praise this trailer simply because it was a Spider-Man trailer, but thankfully, this trailer rocks. It's quite literally got everything I love. It's got everything that makes the character so special to me and my life manifested into one trailer. Actual tears streamed down my face, that's how good this trailer is. It's nearly perfect. However, there are also some minor issues I have with it and some concerns I have with the actual film, so let's discuss.
The trailer opens in a very familiar New York City. A group of thugs are stealing something with the help of a very cool MCU-esque weapon. These thugs, dressed as the Avengers, are quickly stopped by a very familiar Spider-Man, with that same boyish humor that made him such a stand out in Captain America: Civil War. This scene is great. It feels straight out of a comic book, yet it's also got that boots on the ground (and ceiling) feel that Spider-Man has always brought to Marvel. He's a street sweeper, taking out the guys the Avengers simply don't have time for. What's best about this scene is it feels like the 'homecoming' referenced in the film's title, or at least the metaphorical one. Spider-Man is home, in a world where the Avengers exist. Sure, we don't see any of the actual Avengers (yet), but it was a perfect way to remind audiences that Spider-Man is indeed part of this world that we have come to know and love.
Next we get the montage of Peter's everyday life outside of the mask. They were not kidding when they said this film is taking notes from a John Hughes film, as the dialogue, the humor and even the cinematography of the high school feels very old school. It's in this section of the trailer where we also see Peter reunite with Tony Stark. It's a hilarious and oddly intimate scene reminiscent of my favorite scene in the MCU, when Peter and Tony first meet. Familiar faces isn't all we see, we also see the new and very diverse cast of characters never before seen in a live action film, like Liz, who seems to be the film's love interest, and Ned, who seems to be Peter's best friend. I like how Ned knows that Peter is Spidey. We have never really had that dynamic in a Spider-Man film, a male friend knowing the truth. We also get our first look at Zendaya's mysterious and controversial character. Is she Mary Jane? As much as I would have been on board with that Idea, I don't think she is after seeing this trailer.
The last third of the trailer is pretty much a bombastic montage featuring some of the incredible looking action set pieces, and a look at some of the major and minor threats. My eye for anything Donald Glover caught a glimpse at his character, who seems to be a henchmen involved with some secret weaponry, rather than the ridiculously rumored James Jonah Jameson. In the international trailer, we also get a glimpse at The Shocker, a classic and infamous Spidey foe, who looks cool but will most likely only be featured in a very little role. One of the most exciting parts of this trailer, and the movie in general, is Michael Keaton's turn as the Vulture. That first shot of him landing is incredible, and there's an ominous, equally bad-ass shot of him lurking in the international trailer. I'm so excited to see him kick some ass in the film. One complaint is that the close up of his helmet didn't do that much for me. It looked like something out of the new Call of Duty, but if Marvel can make me buy into a man dressed as a Hornet, I'm sure, with a little time, I'll love the design. We also get a look at what seems to be the climactic battle on a boat, which looks like great fun. However, that shot of Peter holding the two sides of the torn boat was a little heavy on the CGI, but hey, this film isn't due for another, what, seven months!?
Spider-Man: Homecoming looks great. There's no other way to say it. It feels like an MCU Spider-Man film... mostly because that's exactly what it is, but you get the point. Let me also make a note of how great both Tom Holland looks and the actual Spidey suit. As a fan of The Spectacular Spider-Man, I greatly appreciate the decision to try out the web wings under his arms. The film seems to be borrowing a lot from that show, actually. Watch the first two episodes and tell me it's not super similar to what we see in the trailer. The only thing that worries me is the film's writers, as it's written by the guys who did the Vacation remake. Sure, bad writers bounce back all the time, and this is Marvel, so they're not the only cooks in the kitchen, but hey, it's a concern of mine so I thought I'd mention it. Oh, and let me also mention the coolest thing I have ever seen in my life; the stinger at the end of this trailer, of Spider-man swinging in NYC with Iron Man soaring by his side. Yeah, I screamed like a little girl.